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Carlos Tuimavave is off to Newcastle Knights

DAVID LONG
Last updated 05:00 29/06/2014
MOVING ON: NZ Warriors utility Carlos Tuimavave has signed a two-year deal with the Newcastle Knights.
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MOVING ON: NZ Warriors utility Carlos Tuimavave has signed a two-year deal with the Newcastle Knights.

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EXCLUSIVE: Warriors utility Carlos Tuimavave has signed to play for the Newcastle Knights for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

The gifted back could be yet another player who comes back to haunt the Warriors in the years ahead.

This had looked like being the breakthrough year at the club for the 22-year-old.

However, despite scoring a try in the season-opening game against the Eels, he was made the scapegoat for that 36-16 loss and has been playing in the reserve grade NSW Cup since then.

Despite regularly carving it up at this level, he hasn't had a sniff at getting back into the top team, so he's looking to revitalise his career at the Knights.

He admitted his situation at the Warriors was tough.

"This is still a dream for me and I can't complain, but it is challenging now and then, to go to training and not know if you're going to get an opportunity to play in the first grade."

Tuimavave came up through the ranks playing alongside Shaun Johnson in the halves. But unlike Johnson, he was never given time to find his feet at the NRL level and his cause hasn't been helped by coaches continually shifting him to different positions. He hoped to settle on one position at the Knights.

Tuimavave said he would miss his friends at the Warriors.

"But most importantly I'll miss my family, my mum and younger brother because they've played a big role in my life and if it wasn't for them I wouldn't be where I am today."

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